The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is becoming “increasingly frustrated” by his lack of game time at Old Trafford, Sky Sports reports, with Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund both potential destinations if he decides to move.
Henderson, 23, made his reputation following an impressive two years on loan at Sheffield United during which time they were promoted from the Championship and then finished ninth in their first season in the Premier League.
The England international returned to Old Trafford this season with hopes of pushing David de Gea as the club’s first choice, but has so far made just three Premier League appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
According to Sky, Henderson wants to remain at his boyhood club but will not stay if it means another season as second choice. That could open the way for Spurs, whose No. 1 and club captain Hugo Lloris is out of contract in 2022 and has been heavily linked with interest from Paris Saint Saint-Germain, while Henderson’s willingness to move abroad if necessary makes Dortmund another potential destination.
10.07 GMT: The agent of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, Mino Raiola, is aware that he has one one of Europe’s hottest talents on his books, and that all of Europe’s elite clubs would like to sign his client.
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” Raiola told BBC Sport..
“He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation.
“Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England].
“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’. It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'”
09.21 GMT: Arsenal have opened talks with young prospect Miguel Azeez over a new long-term contract, The Sun reports.
Azeez, 18, has only made one first-team appearance, but with his current contract expiring this summer the Gunners are keen to hang on to him.
The midfielder came on as a late substitute in Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Dundlak in the Europa League in December, following three appearances for the under-21 side in the EFL Trophy which included scoring the winning goal at Crawley Town.
08.30 GMT: Juan Mata is out of contract in the summer, and The Sun reports that a host of clubs are queueing up to sign the Manchester United star on a free transfer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a 12-month option on the Spaniard but that clause is yet to be triggered.
AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus are all said to be interested if Mata becomes available.
Mata, 32, has been at Old Trafford for seven years after joining the club from Chelsea but has fallen out of favour this season with only eight starts.
Silva could have chance to join United
Agent Jorge Mendes is behind the deal and he’s hoping Silva’s form, in which he’s scored 18 goals in 20 appearances and who is second only to Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga, will appeal to United.
Silva could return a transfer fee of £30m in today’s climate, which would go some way to Frankfurt securing Jovic, who left Frankfurt for Madrid for £51m in 2019. Yet Silva’s movements appear to depend on whether or not United extend Cavani’s stay for another year at Old Trafford.
Chelsea working behind scenes to land Haaland
Agent Mino Raiola has been busy explaining which clubs he feels could afford striker Erling Haaland, but Eurosport believes Chelsea are working behind the scenes to steal a march on their rivals and land football’s most-wanted attacker.
The outlet says that Chelsea have been liaising with figures close to Haaland to prove that Chelsea is a project worth joining when he feels ready to depart Borussia Dortmund.
The Blues hierarchy also feel the appointment of Thomas Tuchel could aid their cause, and they’re hoping to make a move at a time when many of their opponents are facing financial uncertainty.
Chelsea will face fierce competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs, but they are keen to land a big-name striker this summer.
Dortmund could be forced to let Haaland leave a year before a clause is triggered in his contract, if they finish outside of the European spots.
Everton join Bayern, Man Utd in Aarons interest
Norwich City full-back Max Aarons is a wanted man this summer, and Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggests that Everton have joined a race already involving Bayern Munich and Manchester United for the defender’s signature.
Carlo Ancelotti is in the market for a new right-back, says Romano, and Aarons continues to impress the Italian. Current Everton right-back Seamus Coleman is now 30 and has spent several weeks on the sidelines, which is why a right-sided full-back is top of Ancelotti’s wish list.
However, the Toffees boss might have his work cut out, with Bayern Munich already said to be in contact with Norwich officials.
Aarons is considered one of the top stars in the Championship and Norwich will be hoping they can keep their star man if they can secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
The 21-year-old’s contract runs out in 2024, though, which could mean whoever wants him will need to spend big to get him away from Carrow Road.
– West Ham United will likely try and sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal from Manchester United, such has been his impact at the London stadium, but Eurosport believes Leicester City are also monitoring the situation. Lingard has scored three goals in four matches for the Hammers and so could be on the radar of several clubs, not least Manchester United who may want to bring Lingard back to Old Trafford to replace Juan Mata.
– Robert Lewandowski continues to score goals at alarming regularity in Germany, but when it comes to his next move he isn’t ruling out a switch to MLS, according to an interview with CBS Sports. The Polish international admitted that he has seen several compatriots make the move to America from Europe, and that the standard of the game is increasing every year. However, for now, he admits he’s focused on Bayern.